If you love, know and really understand your red wines, then I am sure that you will agree with us, that owning a decanter is essential to enjoy the full flavour, aroma and taste of your bottle of red wine.
In this article we check out and review what we believe to be the best wine decanters, that are currently available on the UK marketplace. Hopefully you will see one that catches your eye.
Based on all of our research the number one best wine decanter choice on the UK market is the Le Chateau Wine Decanter, a traditional lead free glass option, that will look great on your dining table, and truly bring out the fulsome body of your red wine.
We checked out a lot of reviews on the many types of decanter on the UK market, and even visited a few of the better wine stores to get their take on what makes a good wine decanter. When that was completed, the relatively inexpensive Le Chateau model came out tops.
OUR NO 1 CHOICE
Le Chateau Wine Decanter
94% buyer satisfaction based on 4,000 online buyer reviews
- 100% lead free crystal
- Designed for a standard 750 ml bottle of red wine
- No spills
- Makes a perfect gift
According to the many thousands of buyers, this is also a very popular choice. It is ideal for everyday use. A full bottle of standard wine fills the decanter at the widest part of the decanter. The secret in that is that it the maximum surface area for aeration.
It makes a great centre piece for any table and especially if you like to entertain.
Plaisir de la Cave Wine Decanter
96% buyer satisfaction based on 1,600 online buyer reviews
- The classic ship style decanter
- Holds a standard size bottle of red wine
- Comes in a presentation box
- Makes a perfect gift
- Cork stopper to protect your wine from flies and dust
We liked this one simply because of the ship style, which is a classical decanter look. This is a sturdy and very stable decanter that is plain looking, but that in many ways is part of the beauty of this unique style.
The glass is thicker than in most decanters, and its weight means it will not topple or tip over.
MORE AFFORDABLE OPTION
BarCraft Luxury Handmade Glass Wine Decanter
92% buyer satisfaction based on 400 online buyer reviews
- Affordable and stylish
- Holds up to 1.5 litre of red wine
- Has a raised base
- Makes a perfect gift
- 98% buyer satisfaction rating
This is the most affordable decanter option. It is made by the popular kitchen brand BarCraft, and clearly buyers love this one as it has an excellent buyer rating of 92%, which is high by any standards.
Do You Really Need a Wine Decanter?
This is a question we are often asked at our website. For us, a good decanter does two important things:
- It absolutely improves the taste of your wine
- It is also a great centrepiece on your table and adds a little bit of drama to the meal
If like us, you enjoy a glass or two of the red stuff, then a decanter simply allows your wine to breathe. After all your wine has been bottled and corked for a long period of time, and when you come to drink it, the wine needs air to bring out the true flavours and tastes.
By pouring it into a decanter, the wine is allowed to breathe, and the larger surface area of the decanter ensures that the surface is wide and can attract the maximum amount of air.
If for no other reason, we also believe that the decanter makes a great display on your dining table. There is something rather dramatic about the initial pour, the rich colour and the innocent fascination of the wine inside the decanter.
According to the Sommelier website " slow and careful decanting allows wine to separate from its sediment, which, if left mixed in with the wine, will impart a very noticeable bitter, astringent flavor. Second, when you pour wine into a decanter, the resulting agitation causes the wine to mix with oxygen, enabling it to develop and come to life at an accelerated pace. "
Although the part about the sediment is true, it really only applies to really old wines that have been fermenting in the bottle for many years. For newer wines the second part of the statement is more relevant. It is the agitiation and the wine being exposed to the air that is really important.
What Makes a Good Wine Decanter?
Wine decanters do come in all shapes and sizes, and in some very strange designs. They key to any good decanter is to maximise the surface area of the poured wine that is exposed to the air. That is why generally speaking these are all bell shaped.
The quality of the glass is also important. We prefer slightly thicker glass as when we have used finer glass, we discovered that this does make them very easy to chip and even shatter. They are also prone to tipping over, especially after you have had a few glasses of wine.
Finer glass is also easier to break when you are washing out the decanter.
In Depth Reviews & Alternative Decanter Styles
As we have mentioned the Le Chateau Wine Decanter is our number one choice. There are many good reasons for that. First of all there are hundreds of online buyer reviews about this one, and with a 96% buyer satisfaction rating we know two things. It sells really well and buyers clearly love and enjoy their purchase.
The decanter is made from lead-free crystal which has an elegant and stylish look. The key purpose of any decanter is to allow oxygen into the wine. You can then taste the rich flavour of the wine and get the proper aroma. This one does that really well.
In terms of design, the manufacturers have made this one exactly suitable for your standard 750 ml bottle of wine. Remember that the most important thing about a good quality decanter is the amount of breathable surface area that your bottle of wine is exposed to in the carafe.
With this option using a standard bottle size the wine reaches the widest diameter on the decanter allowing for maximum aeration.
In addition to this one has a non spill and non-drip spout and we think that is also makes a great gift for any wine lover.
2% of buyers gave this decanter a bad rating. That was down to the fact that they thought this decanter was too expensive, and that the glass looked more like expensive plastic. The majority of buyers don't share these opinions, but we always think we should include any negatives as well as the many positives.
The LSA International G152-34-991 Bar Ships Decanter we believe makes an interesting alternative. This one also sells well, and with a 92% buyer satisfaction rating we know that buyers of this style like what they have spent their money on.
It is made from high quality glass and measures 29 cm high with a width of 21 cm and can hold up to 1 litre of wine. It has as you can see from the image a broad base with a narrow neck to ensure that it has the classic ship style of decanter.
It also comes with a glass stopper which many buyers liked to have to hep preserve their wine. This one is also suitable for serving whisky, bourbon, brandy or a nice cognac. A lot of buyers have this one to sit on top of their drink's cabinet. It does come in a nice presentation box if you are considering buying this one as a gift.
Only 1% of buyers gave this decanter a bad rating. That was down to the fact that the decanter they had received had some bubbles in the glass, and they had to return it to get it replaced.
The Kitchen Craft 1.5 Litre "Bar Craft-Connoisseur Deluxe" Wine Decanter,is the most affordable option, but do not let this lower price put you off at all. This one is pretty new to the UK market, so there are not lots of reviews as yet. Those who have left a review have given this decanter an overall 98% buyer satisfaction rating, so clearly going down well with almost every buyer.
It is made from high quality glass and measures 24 cm high and 22 cm in diameter and can hold up to 1.5 litres of wine. Like the others it has a nice broad base which is exactly what you want from a good quality decanter.
Buyers said that this was good quality and did not spill or drip. They also said that it looked very stylish on their table. This one has a raised centre on the bottom of the glass. The reason for that is apparently it offers even better aeration. There is nothing scientific that would explain this but some wine connoisseurs say that does help.
No buyers do far have gave this decanter a bad rating. There were a few grumbles from UK buyers about a poor gift box, but other than that nothing major to complain about.
Alternative Decanter Options
Just in case any of our top 3 decanters didn't suit your own particular needs, we always like to include a few different options that are certainly worth a look.
AckMond 1500 ml U Shaped Crystal Glass Wine Decanter
- Some people prefer this contemporary U shaped style of decanter - this one is designed to look like a "lute"
- 92% buyer satisfaction rating
- Holds up to 1.2 litres of wine
- Has a wide base for aerating and is perfect for decanting a standard size bottle of wine.
- Interesting to watch when you pour the wine in
- No major complaints from any buyers so far
Why Wine Should be Decanted - The Sommelier